Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell has updated the onshore wind industry on the recent consultation to close the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation to new onshore wind in 2016.
~ Monday, 21 December 2015
In September the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment published a short consultation following on from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announcement of its intention to close the Renewables Obligation in Great Britain to new onshore wind projects from 1 April 2016.
Commenting on the current position the Minister said: “It has always been my desire to bring the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation to a controlled and managed end, ever conscious of the need to strike a balance between maximising the amount of megawatts that can be achieved and the cost to consumers. With this in mind I consulted on aligning with the DECC policy, having successfully secured a later eligibility date for projects connecting to cluster connections.”
The Minister added: “I recognise that the industry needs clarity and I had hoped to publish the formal government response before now. I continue to engage with DECC to secure the best outcome for Northern Ireland and will issue the consultation response as soon as possible.”